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  • 1. Assessing andEvaluatingVirtualInterculturalExchangesClaudia Warth-SontheimerUniversity of Michigan
  • 2. Planning for Evaluation & Assessment inyour Virtual Exchange Project What are the learning objectives and outcomes of your project? How do you assess online intercultural exchanges? Do you require proof ofparticipation? (e.g. print-outs of their interaction) and/or products of interaction(blogs, websites, essays)? What do you assess / evaluate of your students online activity when they take partin online exchanges? Do you assess the level of participation (e.g. no. of posts written)? Do you assess the students’ ability to interact? If so, how do you do this? Are grades given for aspects of their electronic literacy? Are the skills, attitudes and knowledge of intercultural communicative competencetaken into account? If so, how do you achieve this? Do you look for students’ reflection on learning (e.g. portfolios, diaries)? Which tools and measures are you going to use? Is there an external need for evaluation?(adapted from O’Dowd 2010)
  • 3. Evaluation that takes into account virtual – communicative & interculturaldimensions (O’Dowd 2010)
  • 4. Using an (reflective)online exchangeportfolio todocument anddemonstrateknowledge and skilldevelopment(O’Dowd 2010)
  • 5. Assessment & Evaluation in icEuropeTools used:• pre-, while- and post-assessment, based on Byram + INCA (plus:“language and culture learning biography & passport”)• reflective journal• case study of individual students• focus groups: interviews with individual students and small groups• teacher interviews• rubrics for activities / products / outcomes• rubrics & guidelines for posting in forums• teachers used different tools for evaluation with their classes (quizzes,essays, grading forum posts or activities…) (some chose not to grade)
  • 6. ResourcesDeardorff, D. K. (ed.) (2009). The SAGE handbook of intercultural competence. ThousandOaks: SAGE Publications.Fantini, A. E. (2009). Assessing intercultural competence. In: Deardorff, D. K. (ed.) (2009). TheSAGE handbook of intercultural competence. Thousand Oaks: SAGE Publications. 456-476.INCA (2004). The Theory.www.incaproject.org/en_downloads/24_INCA_THE_THEORY_eng_final.pdfO’Dowd, R. (2010). “Issues in the assessment of online interaction and exchange" in Guth &Helm Telecollaboration 2.0: Language, literacies and intercultural learning in the 21st century.Peter Lang Publishers.www3.unileon.es/personal/wwdfmrod/Assessment2.docSinicrope, C., Norris, J. M., & Watanabe, Y. (2007). Understanding and assessing interculturalcompetence: A summary of theory, research, and practice. Second Language Studies, 26(1).www.hawaii.edu/sls/uhwpesl/26(1)/Norris.pdf